• Motherhood

    Why I gave up on breastfeeding

    Before I became a mom, I always assumed I’d be breastfeeding my future child. Sure, it’s hard for some people, I thought.┬áBut that won’t be me. Breast is best — I’ll make it work! How incredibly naive of me. When my son arrived almost six weeks early, the lactation consultant in the hospital encouraged me to try to nurse him, but explained that many premature babies have difficulty latching at first. And he did. But I was determined to give my baby the best. I spent hours feeding him with very little success, sleeping only about 45 minutes between nighttime feeds. I did this until I was chastised by one…

  • Motherhood

    Pumpin’ ain’t easy

    It was a Thursday afternoon when I felt my water break. My due date was still 7 weeks away. And the cherry on top: a room full of wide-eyed 9-year-olds witnessed it. Soon after, I found myself in the labour and delivery wing of the hospital. My midwives were discharging me from their care as an OB I’d never met put her hands in my hoo-ha and told me I was going to have a premature baby. Cue the waterworks. Over the next week and a half of bedrest, I mentally prepared myself for a long stay in the NICU. But nothing could have prepared me for the challenges of…